Archispeak: An Illustrated Guide to Archit Design Terms by Tom Porter

By Tom Porter

Familiar in architectural circles within the warmth of dialogue, the recurrent use of specific phrases and phrases has developed right into a language of layout jargon. in general present in architectural literature and journalism, in severe layout debate and particularly in scholar undertaking reports, Archispeak can look insular and confusing to others and -- really to the recent architectural scholar -- frequently incomprehensible.There is a necessity to translate architectural layout suggestions into spoken and written statement -- each one observe in use embodying an actual and universally permitted architectural that means. If we discover the vocabulary of this language we achieve perception into solid layout perform and into collective figuring out of what constitutes a polished structure. This special illustrated advisor might help scholars comprehend the nuances of this really expert language and support them in speaking their very own layout principles.

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Such marks begin what Robert Stern has described as the highly personal and idiosyncratic ‘objective/ conceptual drawing stage’ that, using diagrams, advances the process of an idea. To externalise an idea, the conceptual drawing involves a language of abstraction in which hiero- glyphics and annotation combine to draft the potential relationships between mental concept and reality. Many educators see these inaugural marks as representing a precious moment in the design process—their fresh and uninhibited presence in a design review being as insightful as a polished presentation drawing.

While space is the interval between point, surface and object, lapses of time are measured and marked by the intervals of recurring events. Another related aspect of continuum is when no part of an object, such as a building, is distinguishable from adjacent parts. An architectural example is the Hancock Building in Chicago where hotel, office space and residential uses are indistinguishable on the exterior façades of the building. See also: Dimension • Temporality Contrast Variety is not just the spice of life, it is the very stuff of life.

He lived out Dada on the principle that art was dead and that personal action should replace it. At the height of World War One he travelled the world on forged passports assuming different identities. In Switzerland he claimed to have committed the perfect burglary; in Spain he challenged the then world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, to a title fight (Cravan was floored in the first round); and in England he impersonated the Queen’s Chancellor. His life ended in typical Dadaesque fashion, he disappeared while single-handedly sailing a tiny boat from the Mexican coast to Argentina.

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